Alcohol is part of our society and people drink for all kinds of reasons, both good and bad.
Drinking moderately can have a positive effect on your health and well-being, however consuming over the recommended daily amounts cannot.
By understanding the facts around alcohol, this can help to stay within the healthy limits and maintain positive health and wellbeing.
Alcoholic drinks are measured in units, with one unit equalling 10ml of pure alcohol.
Government guidelines suggest men drink no more than 3-4 units per day and women no more then 2-3 units.
To put this into perspective, a large spirit measure contains 2 units, a standard pint of lager 2.8 and a large glass of wine 3.
Check your intake using the Alcohol Unit Calculator.
As well as unit intake, you should asses the timing, attitudes and behaviour factors of your drinking using the NHS Alcohol Tool.
This could help to identify risk, even if you are not over recommended amounts.
There are many health problems, both physical and psychological, associated with regular over-consumption of alcohol. This includes some long term, potentially fatal conditions such as cancer, stroke, liver disease and dementia.
The risks of excessive drinking also extend into lifestyle related problems such as anxiety, financial trouble, accidents and violence.
For more detailed information visit Drink Aware.
If you are worried about any of the above, or have been regularly drinking over the recommended daily amounts, it will be beneficial to visit your Local Health Service for a check-up.
The short term effects and lifestyle impacts of excessive drinking are mostly reversible, so it is important to utilise the support and resource available at any time that it will help with cutting back.
- Download printed checklists for significantly reducing your intake with Drink Aware – Tips on Cutting Down.
- Seek professional advice and resource from Swanswell based in Loughborough town centre.
- Many people find they drink to mask underlying problems. Address the underlying cause with the University Counselling Service.
- If you are concerned about addiction in yourself or a family member seek advice from your GP or local Addaction service.